Sergeant James C. Cooney discovered silver ore in the Mogollon Mountains near here. He eventually laid out the town, which was then bought by a Captain Birney, who named it "Alma" for his mother.
Wikipedia reports that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid worked with their Wild Bunch gang at the nearby WS ranch. The foreman and ranch manager were very happy with the Wild Bunch's work since the rustling stopped while they were employed at the ranch
Yucca, the New Mexico state flower, near Alma